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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Owen admit he failed to learn about the cult in Chapter 12?
2. What is James doing when he hears gunshots in Chapter 13?
3. In Chapter 9, what positive attribute does Del Nearing mention regarding Volterra?
4. What monument figures prominently in both the beginning and the end of the novel?
5. Where is Del Nearing en route to when she stays with James in Chapter 10?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Singh say about the desert in Chapter 12?
2. How is Chapter 14 connected thematically to the rest of the novel?
3. How does James find a new sense of comfortable stasis at the end of the novel?
4. How does James learn the truth behind the CIA in Chapter 13?
5. In Chapter 8, what does James see in Mani that shakes him up?
6. How does DeLillo illustrate James' awkward relationship with his landlord in Chapter 10?
7. Describe the political argument that James and Eliades have in Chapter 10.
8. How does James seduce Janet Ruffing at the end of Chapter 9?
9. According to Rowser in Chapter 11, what changes are happening in the Northeast Group.
10. What suspicions does James have about Eliades in Chapter 13?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about the ensemble that is James Axton's expatriate social scene. What collective philosophy do these people share, and for whence does this philosophy derive? In this essay, discuss the dynamic that exists within the group. Who are the most dominant figures in the group dynamic, and who feels like an outsider? Which couples are strong and which are clearly foundering? How is this made apparent?
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay about the character of Frank Volterra. What is his connection to the Axtons, and how does he find himself in the search of the language cult? Discuss how DeLillo paints Volterra with a different brush that the other characters. Is he, in essence, a caricature of the temperamental auteur director? How does Del Nearing's attachment to Volterra humanize him to a certain point?
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay about the Language Cult and how it becomes a symbol in the novel. To what extent does the language cult exist outside of time and place? In what ways is it stateless and oddly innocent? In discussing the otherworldliness of the cult, determine what it represents to the people who search it out. What do these lost Americans long to find at the end of the search for the cult? To what extent does the cult represent a pre-American world?
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